Raymond Cardinal Burke told an Italian television program this week that he does not believe his recent assignment to Guam to preside over an investigation of a Church trial of an archbishop accused of abusing altar boys back in the 1970s is, in fact, a punishment from Pope Francis. The Cardinal's statements can be read here.
In the interview, Cardinal Burke insists that his assignment came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on which he still serves as president of the Apostolic Tribunal. Cardinal Muller, who heads the CDF, has become an outspoken defender of Amoris Laetitia -- Pope Francis’ controversial post-synodal exhortation that calls for divorced and remarried Catholics to be allowed to receive Holy Communion—the same document, by the way, to which Cardinal Burke and three other cardinals will raise formal corrections if Pope Francis refuses to answer five dubia, or questions, regarding its orthodoxy and apparent errors.
Cardinal Burke Gone to Guam FeaturedBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
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MSNBC enlists the aid of radically liberal Jesuit, Father James Martin, to try to target and destroy the "radical Traditionalism" which is allegedly rising up from St. Peter's Square to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and beyond. In his eagerness to lend a hand, Fr. Martin proceeds to equate what he calls "rad trads" with – wait for it – the entire Church Militant on earth. (Finally, he got something right.) Michael Matt comments on this bombshell, and then shares his opinion on an SSPX- Vatican regularization in the midst of the chaos and destruction of arguably the most destructive pontificate in history.
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So, the inevitable has finally occurred: Pope Francis has speculated openly that President Donald Trump may turn out to be the next Adolf Hitler. I wish to note at the outset that I am not at all interested (at the moment) in defending the incoming American administration, or even in considering it directly. Let’s wonder instead about the characteristic way in which this Holy Father consistently tries to demonize others who might conceivably stand in the way of the accomplishment of his agenda. Since he has brought it up, let’s focus on this particular way--on Pope Francis playing the Nazi card, no less.
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By the way, Lady Gaga had a starring role at the Super Bowl, too, which didn't stop the Vatican from endorsing the event. Is the new and improved Vatican okay with Gaga?
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Msgr. Bux, Pope Benedict XVI
“giving witness to the truth involves the abandonment of friends, betrayal and death”
As the debate on the exhortation "Amoris Laetitia" is raging on, Msgr. Nicola Bux has kindly agreed to share some comments on the present state of affairs, especially following the letter to the Pope by four cardinals seeking clarification on specific points of the above document. For those who may be not aware, theologian and Vatican liturgical consulter, Msgr. Nicola Bux, is also professor of sacramental theology and author of several books on the liturgy, including 2016’s Con i sacramenti non si scherza (The Sacraments Are Not a Joke).
Q. You are certainly following closely the story regarding the letter to Pope Francis by the four cardinal asking for a final clarification of certain aspects of the exhortation "Amoris Laetitia", which in their opinion are not so clear. What do you think?
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The Trial of Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac:
- Hailed by Pope Pius XII as the "most important priest in the Catholic Church."
- Beatified by Pope John Paul II
- So hated by the Nazis that they demanded Pope Pius XII remove him (Pius refused)
- Imprisoned by the Communists
- Laid down his life for those most persecuted during and after World War II
- Died of complications from his imprisonment for defending the rights of Christ the King
- Denounced Martin Luther as a "False Prophet"
- Blamed Protestantism for the “hell in which human society suffers today”
- Would not have made a very good ecumenist.
- Would have been excommunicated from the 'Church of Accompaniment'
History always balances its accounts. For years the Communists endeavored to separate Croatian Catholics from the Pope. They used all means to sever Church unity: vain pledges and threats; bribery and murder; trickery and torture.
Catholic Heroes. . . Cardinal Aloysius StepinacBy: The Remnant Newspaper
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Bishop Robert Barron gives an interview to a 'married' homosexual talk show host in which His Excellency says he would not reverse the law which legalized 'gay marriage'. So, has the Church officially surrendered to the Culture of Death? Are homosexual acts still intrinsically disordered? Sinful?
Has even the Catechism of the Catholic Church become too 'rad trad' for the Pope's new bishops? What about Pope John Paul's teaching on the Catholic obligation to oppose even 'settled law' when it comes to 'gay marriage'? I guess Pope John Paul's not so great anymore?
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Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his wife, praying in the White House alongside President Trump, his family, staff members, and Father Paul Scalia, son of the late Justice, who offers the Latin Mass.
(Time for another Soros-sponsored 'spontaneous' protest, PRONTO!)
The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the “Scalia seat” on the Supreme Court has already received its existential verification as a victory for what passes for judicial conservatism in America: the loony Left, already on the verge of declaring civil war, is now writhing and moaning in a collective fit of apoplexy.
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Bergoglio confers with a chief co-conspirator
Purely from the standpoint of ecclesiastical history, the Bergoglian pontificate is a fascinating anomaly. Never before has the Church witnessed a Pope fanatically devoted to the overthrow in practice of universally applicable, exceptionless negative precepts of the natural moral law, beginning with Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.
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Kellyanne Conway brings down the house with: "I'm a wife, a mother, a Catholic, senior adviser to the President of the United States -- and I'm pro-life."
So, it doesn't matter that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States?
The March for Life: A New Day in AmericaBy: Michael J. Matt | Editor
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Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly's Sign of the Cross.
Madonna, Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore have weird anti-Trump meltdowns and even make violent threats on the Mall last weekend. Michael compares that to the Catholic advisers and secretaries with whom Trump is now surrounding himself. Questions: Does the Far-left have reason to panic?